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Freed Gitmo prisoners go to Uruguay

Six former prisoners of the U.S. military’s Guantanamo Bay detention facility arrived in Uruguay last weekend after more than a decade in captivity. A high-profile lawsuit over the U.S. military’s force-feeding of Guantanamo prisoners during a months-long hunger strike will continue despite their release.... Read more»

Az Dreamers one step closer to driver's licenses

The 9th Circuit Court refused Gov. Jan Brewer’s request to delay a ruling that struck down Arizona’s bar on issuing driver’s licenses to young immigrants who have been granted deferred action status. The latest move by the courts means those “Dreamers” will likely be eligible for licenses in a week.... Read more»

Read in full: Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture

The Senate Intelligence Committee released a long-awaited report on Tuesday into the use of torture by the CIA in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks. It contains graphic and previously unknown details of the agency’s “enhanced interrogation program,” and suggests that the techniques used were in fact far more brutal than it had previously admitted. Another key finding was that the intelligence gleaned from using these methods was of little use for counterterror operations, and in fact may have been counterproductive.... Read more»

Nothing is simple in world of ‘dark money’ politics

Critics say it’s hard to peek into so-called ‘dark money’ groups, which sit at the crossroads of tax law, campaign-finance rules, nonprofit governance and questions of what constitutes ‘social good.’ But defenders say that anonymity is important to protect truly free political speech.... Read more»

Public has dark opinion of dark money in elections

Dark money spending reached record levels this fall, with little sign of abating, even as polls showed overwhelming numbers of Americans troubled by the practice. In one poll, 80 percent of voters said they were worried that donors were “abusing” the system for their own gain.... Read more»

Arizona cited as ‘special place’ for dark-money operations

Dark money in politics is an issue nationwide but in the words of one expert, Arizona “really is a special place for dark money.” The state, because of its laws or its culture, has become ground zero for a growing number of politically active tax-exempt organizations.... Read more»

McCain: CIA torture 'stained national honor'

I believe the American people have a right – indeed, a responsibility – to know what was done in their name. They must know when the values that define our nation are intentionally disregarded. Those policies stained our national honor, did much harm and little practical good.... Read more»

Congress finds sorting Fast and Furious records ‘like pieces of a puzzle’

It’s been more than a month since the Justice Department delivered 64,280 records to a House committee investigating Operation Fast and Furious, the ATF’s botched “gun-walking” probe. But no new details have yet to emerge, as staffers find the review slow going.... Read more»

A year later, Arivaca checkpoint remains

Group of Arivaca residents hold 24-hour vigil and observation to mark a year of protests against a Border Patrol checkpoint on Arivaca Road, east of I-19.... Read more»8

Pima County holding public meetings on Pima Prospers plan

Pima County is holding a series of public meetings in December on the newest version of the county’s 20-year development plan, Pima Prospers.... Read more»

Commentary

Mexican drug murders get less attention in U.S. than Middle East violence

Commentary: Why are Americans so uninformed and unconcerned about the horrors occurring just across our border?... Read more»1

Buses to shuttle streetcar riders around 4th Ave Street Fair

As hordes of trinket shoppers descend on 4th Avenue this weekend, riders of the Sun Link streetcar will find their route has a slight detour, as buses will carry passengers around the event, Thursday through Sunday.... Read more»

PCC forums to feature leadership candidates

Pima Community College is holding forums Wednesday and Thursday featuring candidates for leadership positions, including acting president of PCC’s East Campus, vice chancellor of human resources and vice president of workforce development.... Read more»1

Graphics: Why Mexicans are saying they've had enough

The 43 missing students have come to represent the more than 22,000 people who have disappeared since 2006.... Read more»1

Border Patrol agent beaten with rock

Border Patrol agent assigned to the Ajo Border Station was assaulted on the Tohono O’odham Nation on Saturday. The agent was responding to a call in the area near Gu Vo, west of Sells, when he was attacked by a man with a rock, according to an agency source not authorized to speak to the media.... Read more»1

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